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by Norman P. Grubb

Well, I’ve got to face it. If this is in God’s Word, I’ve got to face it. If this Book rings perfection at me, I’ve to find out what perfection means and how to be it. I’d better. “Be ye therefore perfect.” Jesus said it, and some of our neat fundamentalists put that into the millennium and say, “Oh the Sermon on the Mount is not for this world at all.” That’s another way out. We live it in the next thousand years, not down here. I prefer to live it here! Because the Sermon on the Mount is very simple: it is Jesus. Where does Jesus live? He lives it out in us, of course, that’s all. It couldn’t be simpler. “Be ye holy for I am holy;” “As He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy.” That’s Peter’s word on perfection. I Peter 1:15, “As He which hath called you is holy so be ye” the same level of holiness. “Be ye holy for I am holy;” My! They are heights, aren’t they? But there they are, bang, bang, bang, in the Word of God.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Going on to Perfection”